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Dolly Sods/Roaring Plains Trail Maintenance and Party!

  • Jul 6, 2012 · 7:30 PM
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Ok, here is our annual work detail and party on the mountain in the best Wilderness areas in the Mid-Atlantic! We will head up to Dolly Sods on Friday evening, camp at Laneville Cabin and do trail maintenance in Dolly Sods and Roaring Plains for the Monongahela National Forest Service! The trails and views are fabulous and of course we can rendezvous at the Forks and do some swimming and partying if you have enough energy left (or just go to the swimming hole up from the Cabin if you don't)! Summer is a great time to visit the "Sods" as Red Creek will "almost" not freeze you to death when you swim in it! By the end of the weekend you will be able to relive all the great sights and know everything about Dolly Sods, especially how much cooler it is up there in the Summer! The Huckleberries and Blueberries should almost be ready by then as well to enjoy as you walk the trails in the "High Country" and the Rhododendron may still be in bloom as well! We will do our normal feast on the mountain, so the food will be first rate. Saturday/Sunday mornings will be bacon and pancakes and Saturday dinner will be a main course of fried turkey and mashed potatoes, or Chicken and Ribs BBQ, along with a killer dessert! People will need to bring some sides or another dessert or drinks, and everyone needs to help with the cooking and/or cleanup. So let's do our annual trail maintenance in Dolly Sods and put in a few new spiffy new trail signs we did 3 years ago while we are at it! In the process you will learn all there is to know of one of the finest Wilderness Areas in the United States, while making a few more great friends with great stories to boot! Please be in shape as Dolly Sods can be some of the toughest hiking in the East but we will vary the work crews to suit your fitness level. For the newbies, Laneville Cabin sleeps 12 but many of us prefer to sleep outside in our tents in the summer near Red Creek, but there is also room on the floor if more than 12 want to sleep in the cabin! There is a full kitchen with refrigerator, stove, running water/sink and a full bathroom with hot shower, so luxurious for a Wilderness Area! Cabin or tent, the front porch is where we all linger far into the night and one of those memories you will remember for a long time...especially the cool Dolly Sods summer evenings (15-20 degrees less than the DC area)! So for your effort on Saturday you get 2 nights in a well-equipped cabin, give back to a great Wilderness while enjoying the coolest place to be in Summer in our area, help the backpacking and hiking community, and get a great party to boot! Kids and well behaved dogs are welcome, so this is a family event as well. Oh, the pictures you ask? Check out some of the many Hidden Falls, Swimming Holes and Vistas you will get to enjoy as we did last year! Pics here:

http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/events/13192731/

and here:

http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/events/13457820/

So enjoy the pics and get ready for one of our great summer extravaganzas on the mountain, Washington Backpackers Meetup Style in all it's glory!

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Laneville cabin GPS location:
[masked],[masked]
Link Google driving direction from Centreville Park&Ride:
http://goo.gl/maps/P8QB

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  • Frank

    Fantastic time! I can't wait for the next trip!

    July 11, 2012

  • Greg M.

    What an awesome weekend! Great people, great food, great times. Can't wait to make it back out with you guys!

    July 10, 2012

  • Jim N.

    I so appreciate all the hard work and fun this group put out up on the mountain. The smiles at the Falls made the whole trip for me, thanks!

    July 9, 2012

  • Sophie

    Had a wonderful time. Thanks to Jim and Darwin for organizing the trip.

    July 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ All - Someone forget a pair of hiking shoes in the from of the caving, let me know when and where we can meet so you can get it back.

    July 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jim, Kirsten, Darwin and Kirupa: Thanks for spoiling us rotten and still keeping us safe & together. I had a crazy fun time.

    July 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well organized, truly great adventures with some great people.

    July 8, 2012

  • PaulD

    Very well planned and executed.

    July 8, 2012

  • Jag

    Well,Where should i start? This is a fabulous group to do backpacking. This would be my second backpacking with Jim . Everything was executed as planned . If you want to taste Jim's signature ribs and get access to secret/private waterfalls, this is the group you wanted to join.

    July 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Kirupa - See you at Vienna Metro at 7 PM.

    July 6, 2012

  • David D

    It looks like a lot of people will need a ride from centreville, me included.

    July 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    So far I have spoken to 1 rider, Henry. I can take at least one more. I was thinking of getting to Centreville at 7 with the hope of leaving earlier but if people need rides, I can wait, til 7;30. Phone me at[masked] if you like. the Corollas is a tight fit in the back seat and the trunk.

    July 6, 2012

  • Julia

    Sam, I am taking Lorraine from Clarendon at 6:40 (approximately when you'd have to be getting through Clarendon to make it to Vienna by 7...), NO LATER THAN 6:40 we are meeting at the CVS. Call me at (717)[masked] if we should expect you. I will not be driving from Centreville to the Dolly Sods.

    July 6, 2012

  • Samantha

    Hi: My name is Sam, and was wondering if anyone is carpooling from DC. I live in DC, and can't get to Centerville. Please let me know. Thanks so much. My number is[masked]-1341. Sorry for the last minute.

    July 6, 2012

  • Jim N.

    Paul bring your fishing gear if you like, but working it in is not always easy as there are so many fun times up on the mountain.

    July 6, 2012

  • PaulD

    Is anyone planning on fishing? There probably won't be enough time but I'd hate to not ask then be bummed when people fish and I didn't bring my gear;-).

    July 6, 2012

  • Randi

    @Sarah: I would appreciate a ride from Centreville. I'll be there by 7:30 or earlier. Thanks very much.

    July 6, 2012

  • Jim N.

    They are calling for a high of 88 and sunny tomorrow in Dolly Sods and a little cooler on Roaring Plains so make sure you bring a way to carry plenty of water....but it sure beats the 105 Baltimore/Washington will get...and the humidity will be much lower.....

    July 6, 2012

  • Jim N.

    Ken, the GPS coordinates are graciously posted by Darwin above in the discussion. Jag, just pick up a dessert at the store to bring since we will be scooting out to the Purple Fiddle early and we will not have time to cook dessert.

    July 6, 2012

  • Sophie

    Hi all, I'd love a ride as well from Centreville if anybody has a room. Thank you!

    July 6, 2012

  • PaulD

    Cameron, Nieri an I are meeting at a park and ride in leesburg. I have room if you want to join.

    July 6, 2012

  • David D

    Ooops, forgot to RSVP....

    July 6, 2012

  • Henry

    Darwin, its a little out of the way for you maybe, but I can give a ride from the Huntington Metro Station ( S Alexandria) to Centerville, don;t know my way around other stations

    July 5, 2012

  • PaulD

    Nieri: If no one suggests anything i'll just meet you at the Centreville lot. 7:30 at the latest, although I hope to arrive closer to 7. I drive a blue VW Jetta wagon like in the link, only dirty :) http://images.gtcarlot.com/pictures/53744840.jpg

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is any one willing to give me a ride to Centreville, I can be at any metro station along I-66 or DC area.
    [masked]

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Paul / Neiri - I suggest to drive to Centreville and leave the car in the parking lot over there, we all do that and haven't have any complain about it, and from Sterling to Centreville is not really that far.

    July 5, 2012

  • PaulD

    All: Does anyone familiar with the VA area have suggestions on a safe parking place for Nieri in the Gainsville/Haymarket area?

    July 5, 2012

  • Henry

    I'd love a ride from Centerville @7:30, Sarah, if it works for you. cell[masked]

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can be at Centreville park and ride at 7:30 if anyone needs a ride. If not , I could take a more direct route.

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Paul. I can meet w/ you in Gainsville. You have the address and time? I am still relatively new to NoVA.

    July 5, 2012

  • PaulD

    I have room for two, however Centreville is way off my path. I'm willing to take 15s to 66 in gainsville if people want a ride from there. Let me know sooner than later so I can plan accordingly.

    July 5, 2012

  • Jag

    @kirupa, I can drive if there are no carpool spots left . I will be in centerville park and ride by 7:30pm and I will be driving a Grey Hyundai sonata .
    @jim , do you need any other food so that I could pick up from store?

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Jim - Thanks but I will go from Centreville Park & Ride at 7:30pm then. I have a few meetings tomorrow that I can't skip. @ALL. I will certainly need a ride and will help out w/ gas/toll.

    July 5, 2012

  • Jim N.

    Yes, Steve as stated above, you get breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and on your own for lunch and trail snacks. Paul, there is a full kitchen and one bathroom with shower at the cabin. Sarah a dessert or side dish is good and I will add up what I spend and divide it accordingly for the little extra it will cost.
    For directions input Laneville, WV for your destination on googlemaps.com

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Laneville cabin GPS location: [masked],[masked]
    Link Google driving direction from Centreville Park&Ride:
    http://goo.gl/maps/p84R

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ ALL - If for any reason you are unable to come, PLEASE take a minute of your time and update your RSVP status.

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Paul - We have all the amenities at the cabin.

    July 5, 2012

  • PaulD

    Jim: is there a small kitchen in te cabin/ stove?

    July 5, 2012

  • PaulD

    Considering the food already going to be there I'll forgo the effort of making chic salad and just bring potato salad from the deli at the market.

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jim, Sounds as if you have a good menu. Do you still want contributions of sides dishes or other eats? Also, I have a Corolla, which is small. The trunk space is limiting factor. I am willing to drive if necessary. I will try out my new GPS that my son gave me for Mother's Day if you provide an address. This is my first event with this group.

    July 5, 2012

  • Jim N.

    Purple Fiddle information here:
    http://www.purplefiddle.com/
    The Hot Seats are playing Saturday night with a $12 cover, children under 12 free.

    July 5, 2012

  • Jim N.

    Since only Nieri spoke up about dinner, BBQ Ribs it will be with doctored baked beans and either green beans or corn on the cob or both.

    July 5, 2012

  • Jim N.

    Respectable weather report here:
    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.974357249228205&lon=-79.40643310546875&site=rlx&unit=0&lg=&FcstType=text

    So come prepared for rain, which all seasoned vets know to do....this includes an extra change of clothes for when you get back to the cabin in case you decide to just walk through the rain as you will get soaked inside the rain gear anyway, which sometimes we do as long as there is no danger of hypothermia.

    July 5, 2012

  • Henry

    I need a ride from Centerville--have a borrowed car with no a/c. I can pick up metro riders at the Huntington station on the way if anyone needs that.

    July 5, 2012

  • Jim N.

    @Kelly....rules are made to be broken.....and the Purple Fiddle becons after swimming in Red Creek, waterfalls, and BBQ!

    July 5, 2012

  • Jim N.

    Thanks Kirupa, much appreciated! I will try to leave in the morning right after rush hour Neiri, but plan on doing a good bit of hiking up there....and when I say a good bit, figure on at least 12 as I will be doing some scouting on Roaring Plains before going to the Canyon Rim on Red Creek.

    July 5, 2012

  • Julia

    @All and @Kirupa, Lorraine and I will be leaving Clarendon at the LATEST 6:40 for the 7:30 Centreville pickup. If anyone else is coming that way and needs a ride, let me know by messaging me directly. @Kirupa, I can't drive from Centreville to Dolly Sods - so anyone in my car will need to pick up a ride from Cville onwards.

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will need a ride. I will show up with a silver CRV that has a platform bike rack in the back. Look forward to a great time this weekend.

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Jim-how early are you heading out? I would like to carpool if you still have spots. Thanks.

    July 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Darwin,That sounds like it won't be too challenging. I wouldn't mind if we were packing in but I would prepare for the trip differently to pack in, so your info is very helpful. I am thinking of bringing some Couscous Primavera with lots of veggies. Good in hot weather because it can be made ahead and served cold.

    July 3, 2012

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